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In over 50 years, our legal specialists have developed a track record of doing significant deals in Africa. This means we know the legal systems, the economies and the professionals on the ground. Our African knowledge and experience is strengthened by our CMS offices in Casablanca, Algiers and Luanda and our network of relationship and associate firms across the continent. Doing business in Africa offers you world-class business opportunities across several key sectors. Benefitting from these new opportunities requires guidance through the diverse challenges of this vast continent and its 54 countries.

CMS has over 4,500 lawyers working in 70 offices in 64 cities across the globe. The CMS Africa practice utilises the experience of this global coverage to advise on African matters with local clients and clients from across the globe who wish to invest in the region. The diverse approach to the CMS Africa offering comes from our position as the largest law firm in Europe and the sixth largest law firm in the world, and means we are able to cover our clients’ needs across the whole continent.

CMS advises on local laws across most jurisdictions and in relation to pan-African laws and structures such as OHADA, WAEMU and CEMAC. Our Paris, Algiers and Casablanca teams are closely involved in Francophone Africa across North and West Africa. From Luanda and Lisbon our lawyers focus on Lusophone Africa and in our other offices we assist major investors and developers with their African portfolios across the continent. This approach gives us a combination of local and sector expertise that our clients find particularly attractive.

Our African practice has an up to date and locally-sourced understanding of the key financial and economic shifts in the region, including the emergence of agriculture and agribusiness, consumer goods, services and telecommunications and infrastructure development and operation as key growth areas for the continent. CMS’ market-leading energy, infrastructure and natural resources practice led from London means that we have key insights into the development, transition and turbulence of the energy, oil and gas and mining sectors in Africa.

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Bob Palmer
3 January 2018
Oil and Gas in Africa - Struc­tured guides to mar­ket...
Oil and Gas: Pro­tect­ing LNG pro­ject and feed-gas sup­ply from State...
A re­cent award rendered by a tribunal act­ing un­der the aus­pices of IC­SID, the World Bank’s ar­bit­ra­tion in­sti­tu­tion, in Uni­on Fen­osa Gas S. A. v Ar­ab Re­pub­lic of Egypt, provides fur­ther guid­ance for com­pan­ies in the en­ergy sec­tor to en­sure that se­lec­ted con­tract­ing.
14 November 2017
Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Ghana
The new Kenya Bribery Act 2016
On 23 Decem­ber 2016 Kenya’s Pres­id­ent Uhuru Kenyatta gave his as­sent to the Bribery Act 2016 (the “Act”) for the pre­ven­tion, in­vest­ig­a­tion and pun­ish­ment of bribery in Kenya. The Act came in­to force on 13 Janu­ary 2017 and is mod­elled on the UK Bribery Act.
1 November 2017
Our Africa Prac­tice
Re­cent Shari­ah com­pli­ant sov­er­eign sukuk is­su­ances in Togo and the...
Re­cent Shari­ah com­pli­ant sov­er­eign sukuk is­su­ances in Togo and the Ivory Coast in­dic­ate the grow­ing mo­mentum of Is­lam­ic fin­ance in Africa. Afric­an na­tions are look­ing to fin­ance in­fra­struc­ture and de­vel­op­ment pro­jects through new and in­nov­at­ive means, provid­ing.
9 February 2017
Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Guinea
Somalia’s first oil and gas li­cens­ing round an­nounce­ment
Somalia an­nounced its first oil & gas li­cens­ing round on 1 Novem­ber 2016 at the 23rd Africa Oil Week Con­fer­ence in Cape Town. The round provides an op­por­tun­ity for ex­plor­a­tion com­pan­ies to bid for off­shore blocks sur­round­ing the Galmu­dug, Hirshabelle and South.
9 February 2017
Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Malawi
Meet the Law | An­gola Up­date - Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Re­forms
After more than five years since the pub­lic­a­tion of Law No. 20/10, of Septem­ber 7, the Na­tion­al As­sembly of An­gola ap­proved an im­port­ant amend­ment to the Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Act - now de­nom­in­ated "Lei dos Con­tratos Públi­cos" - by Law No.
9 February 2017
Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Uganda
CMS launches e-guide on en­ergy stor­age
En­ergy stor­age of­fers a range of op­por­tun­it­ies for stan­dalone de­velopers, gen­er­at­ors, net­work op­er­at­ors and con­sumers (ran­ging from large en­ergy users through to do­mest­ic con­sumers) and oth­er elec­tri­city sec­tor par­ti­cipants and is an in­creas­ing fo­cus due to.